Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 20, 2020

Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category The Race to Space) for Thursday, February 20, 2020 (Season 36, Episode 119):

In the 1960s this Mideast country had a space program & one of its rocket launches, the Cedar IV, is commemorated on a stamp

(correct response beneath the contestants)

Today’s contestants:

Amal Karim, an impact officer from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Amal Karim on Jeopardy!
Judy Mader, a project manager from Maitland, Florida
Judy Mader on Jeopardy!
MacKenzie Jones, a program development director from Tulsa, Oklahoma (3-day total: $85,601)
MacKenzie Jones on Jeopardy!

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Correct response: What is Lebanon?

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Lebanon had a space program! It actually originated out of the Rocket Society at Beirut’s Haigazian College in that country; after early successes, the Lebanese government began funding the group and it became the Lebanese Rocket Society. Its Cedar IV rocket, launched in 1963, reached 90 miles into space and was named after the country’s national symbol; the commemorative stamp was released in 1964. Unfortunately, most of the group’s archives were lost in the country’s civil war.

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Looking to find out who won Jeopardy! today? Tonight’s results are below!

Scores going into Final:
MacKenzie $16,000
Amal $12,800
Judy $5,400

Tonight’s results:
Judy $5,400 – $4,600 = $800 (What is Jordan?)
Amal $12,800 + $9,601 = $22,401
MacKenzie $16,000 + $9,601 = $25,601 (4-day total: $111,202)

MacKenzie Jones, today's Jeopardy! winner (for the February 20, 2020 game.)

Scores after the Jeopardy! Round:
Amal $7,800
MacKenzie $6,000
Judy $1,200


Opening break taken after: 15 clues

Daily Double locations:
1) LESSER-KNOWN NAMES $600 (14th pick)
Amal 2800 +2800 (MacKenzie 2000 Judy 800)
2) KNICKKNACK $2000 (12th pick)
Judy 8400 -3000 (Amal 11400 MacKenzie 8000)
3) ESTABLISHING SOME BORDERS $1200 (19th pick)
Amal 12200 +3000 (MacKenzie 9600 Judy 4600)
Overall Daily Double Efficiency for this game: 89

Unplayed clues:
DJ! round: None!
Total $ Left On Board: $1,000
Number of clues left unrevealed this season: 246 (2.07 per episode average), 2 Daily Doubles

Game Stats:
MacKenzie $16,000 Coryat, 17 correct, 2 incorrect, 28.57% in first on buzzer, 2/3 on rebound attempts (on 7 rebound opportunities)
Amal $8,800 Coryat, 19 correct, 5 incorrect, 35.71% in first on buzzer, 2/2 on rebound attempts (on 3 rebound opportunities)
Judy $8,400 Coryat, 13 correct, 3 incorrect, 25.00% in first on buzzer, 1/1 on rebound attempts (on 6 rebound opportunities)
Combined Coryat Score: $33,200
Lach Trash: $9,000 (on 9 Triple Stumpers)
Coryat lost to incorrect responses (less double-correct responses): $10,800

MacKenzie Jones, stats to date:
84 correct, 12 incorrect
7/8 on rebound attempts (on 18 rebound opportunities)
36.99% in first on buzzer (81/219)
3/4 on Daily Doubles (Net Earned: $21,000)
3/4 in Final Jeopardy
Average Coryat: $16,800

MacKenzie Jones, to win:
5 games: 74.417%
6: 55.378%
7: 41.211%
8: 30.668%
9: 22.822%
Avg. streak: 6.909 games.

Andy’s Thoughts:

  • The show’s rules have always granted latitude on misspellings in Final Jeopardy, so long as a misspelling doesn’t change the pronunciation.

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12 Comments on "Today’s Final Jeopardy – Thursday, February 20, 2020"

  1. Pretty straightforward one for longtime watchers but one that might not play quite as well among the general population. Cedar is a Pavlov for Lebanon.

  2. I love it when the FJ! category has almost nothing to do with what what knowledge they’re really testing…here “cedar=Lebanon”. It does happen a lot.

  3. I can understand why MacKenzie wagered $9601. But why did Amal wager that same amount? What am I missing?
    Congrats to Mackenzie for surpassing the $100K mark!

    • Only thing i can think is she was confused and did the math backwards. She was in perfect situation where if she bet assuming the leader would bet to cover, she could assure a win if the leader missed the question. Ended up a moot point.

  4. John McCleary | February 20, 2020 at 3:51 pm |

    MacKenzie you go girl! She is doing so well. With her $111,202 she just took first place for 4 game winners on the TOC Tracker surpassing Veronica Vichit-Vadakan with her $89,001 and Ryan Bilger with his $107,049. I can’t wait to see how far she gets. I love how she has so much personality!

  5. This season has had quite a few impressive women contestants! Hopefully we get another great streak by MacKenzie! So far so good!

  6. If MacKenzie plays chess, I’ll bet she has a great endgame. I love watching her hang around, and then sprint to a lead in the latter part of Double Jeopardy.

  7. Amal was clearly angry with herself for ringing in on that last clue, which ended up causing a $4000 swing with MacKenzie answering correctly. I bet she wishes the buzzer had gone off before it was revealed.

    • Christopher Denault | February 20, 2020 at 11:14 pm |

      Always easier to think back in hindsight at other things Amal could have done to secure the win here, including making a far bigger wager on her DD instead of the $3,000 she went with. Had that wager been a bigtime deal like $7,000 or greater, she wins this.

      Such a tight game today!

      • My thought at the time was Amal could wrap it up with a big wager and was surprised with her $3k bet. It is easy to be an armchair quarterback, but MacKenzie is a great example of how crucial aggressive DD wagering can be.

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